arsenites


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arsenites

soluble arsenic compounds, e.g. sodium arsenite. The most toxic of forms of arsenic. Used as insecticides, herbicides. See also inorganic and organic arsenic poisoning.
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Problems arise when chemical reactions change the arsenates into arsenites, which don't bind tightly to other minerals and can therefore enter the underground water supply.
Evidence is now mounting that organic matter and the microbes it feeds may be playing a role in the formation of arsenites in aquifers.
Inorganic as generally is more toxic and mobile than organoarsenic species, while trivalent arsenite [As(III)] is considered to be more toxic, soluble, and mobile than pentavalent arsenate [As(V)] [3].